State of New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy

Nurture NJ

On Maternal Health Awareness Day 2019, First Lady Tammy Murphy launched Nurture NJ, an awareness campaign that seeks to reduce the state’s high maternal and infant mortality rates and eliminate racial disparities in health care.

To create a stronger, fairer, and healthier state, New Jersey must meet families where they are.

Nurture NJ encompasses all the activities that the administration and the First Lady are undertaking to tackle this crisis. The campaign will focus on collaboration between organizations that touch on maternal and infant health, and amplification of existing programs and services throughout the state.

Collaboration

The First Lady has held regular meetings with various departments like Departments of Health, Human Services, Children and Families, Labor and Workforce Development, and nine others, to ensure that our administration’s policies and programs are moving forward together.

As part of Nurture NJ, the First Lady will be hosting annual Black Maternal and Infant Health Leadership Summit’s to bring together the departments, legislators, doctors, hospitals, philanthropic community, and more to break down the silos that have kept our best practices hidden away and identify short, medium, and long-term solutions regarding black maternal and infant health.

As the saying goes—it takes a village to raise a child, and New Jersey is intent on making that village strong.

Amplification

The First Lady, in partnership with the Nicholson Foundation, has held a series of Family Festivals across the state, in cities with high rates of black infant mortality. These festivals seek to connect mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else involved in taking care of a child with state, county and local resources—essentially creating a one-stop shop for care, support, resources and relief. By having all this information in one place, we hope to take away one more barrier to care.

Nurture NJ will include a coordinated social media presence between departments and stakeholders involved in maternal and infant health. For example, the First Lady will launch a monthly video series that will highlight various maternal and infant health programs and individuals impacted by the crisis.

New Jersey is doing amazing work across the state to tackle this crisis. Through Nurture NJ, we can ensure that we can nurture the lives of every mother, every baby, and every family.

Family Festivals

First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Family Festivals connect parents and guardians with state, county, and local resources — creating a one-stop shop for care, support, resources, and relief.

From energy assistance to health insurance to child care, you can find just about every available resource at our Family Festivals. Your kids can enjoy free food, music, and raffle prizes while you sign up for services, get direct answers from providers, and learn about your local programs.

For more information, please contact familyfestival@nj.gov.

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Family Festival Paterson

October 14, 2018
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg School
Paterson, NJ

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Family Festival Trenton

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School
301 Gladstone Ave, Trenton, NJ

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Family Festival Camden

Saturday, March 2, 2019
3100 Westfield Ave,
Camden, NJ

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Maternity, Infant, and Early Childhood (0-3)

HWHF is a Department of Health initiative dedicated to improving maternal and infant health outcomes and reducing racial and economic disparities through working alongside Community Health Workers and Central Intake Hubs.

Community Health Workers (CHWs)
To help underserved communities, CHWs use a personalized outreach approach to identify and provide appropriate services to women and their families.

Central Intake Hubs
Central Intake helps connect individuals to resources and services that can best benefit them, including medical care, Home Visiting Programs, HWHF, Doula Programs, and social support agencies.
Apply here. Find a local Central Intake office here .

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Home Visitation Programs, as a branch of the Home Visitation Initiative under the Department of Children and Families, provide at-home information and support to expectant or new parents and caregivers. These programs also link families to resources and services that provide prenatal care, healthcare, WIC, transportation, social services, and more.
Click here to for a list of programs offered by your county.

Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)
NFP focuses on first-time pregnant women and mothers to ensure healthier pregnancies and births, stronger child development, and better financial self-sufficiency.
Learn more here. Find a local nurse here.

Parents as Teachers (PAT)
PAT provides at-home services where certified parent educators help bolster the development, learning, and health of early childhood education and family support.

Learn more here. Find a local parent educator.

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TANF benefits and services offer assistance to needy families through a series of purposes: providing at-home care for children in needy families, reducing dependencies of needy parents by helping them obtain skills to become self-sufficient, preventing and reducing incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
Click here for a list of social services offered by your county.

Healthy Families – TANF Initiative for Parents (TIP)
Through TANF, TIP offers parenting guidance through either personal home visitation or community-based support sessions.
Learn more here. Learn more about TANF here .

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Parent Link is a statewide initiative to promote communication, by providing IT for interagency service collaborations and policy development, between expectant parents and families with young children and the public and private sectors seeking to help these families.
Learn more here.

Breastfeeding Peer Support NJ
To encourage healthy development in babies and mothers, breastfeeding support links to provide advice and services are available through both NJ Parent Link and WIC.
Learn more here.

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Health and Healthcare

Family Health Services is a five-program area division that works to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of families and communities in New Jersey.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC is a health-based nutrition program for low and moderate-income pregnant and new mothers at risk of developing nutrition-related health problems by providing relevant education and advice, nutritious foods, and improved access to health care and social services.
Learn more here. Find a local WIC agency here .

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Family Health Services is a five-program area division tThe Department of Human Services CBVI provides educational services from birth through 21 years of age, to eligible children and their families. These services are designed to allow students who are blind or vision impaired to participate equally with their sighted peers in classroom activities.
Click here for a list of the services and programs offered.

Early Intervention System
Each county has a NJEIS County Coordinator who evaluates the baby’s service needs and does referrals to CBVI in the case of deaf-blindness, blindness or vision impairment.
Learn more here.

Infant Services (birth to age 3)
CBVI staff will assess a child’s vision and, if eligible, offer specialized instruction tailored to his or her needs in the home. CBVI staff also works closely with family members, early intervention providers and healthcare professionals to assist the child in making a smooth transition to preschool at age three.

Deaf-Blind Services (birth through 21)
CBVI offers special services to help meet the needs of children who have both vision and hearing deficits. These include assessing the level of the child’s impairment, consulting with family members, teaching staff, and loaning the student adaptive equipment and materials.
Learn more here.

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Through the Division on Women, the ODVS provides direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with access to hotlines, emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, court accompaniment, among other services.
Click here for a list of programs based on county.

Peace: A Learned Solution (PALS)
PALS uses a research-based intensive therapeutic treatment program to help child victims (ages 4-12) of domestic violence through creative arts therapies.
Learn more here .

NJHelps
NJHelps helps individuals and families find out if they are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid) and apply for these services. They can also learn about additional resources. Learn more here .

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Benefits

NJHelps helps individuals and families find out if they are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid) and apply for these services. They can also learn about additional resources.

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The Department of Human Services Division of Family provides grants to help support programs and providers in the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program. Grants are distributed by a case-by-case basis, but available funds and priority are main factors that impact the final decision.
Learn more about the Child Care Subsidy Program here. Click here to learn how to apply and the services best for you.

Child Care Subsidy Program
Through the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance in child care for low-income families who are working, in training, or in school.
Learn more here. Find out how to apply here.

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TANF benefits and services offer assistance to needy families through a series of purposes: providing at-home care for children in needy families, reducing dependencies of needy parents by helping them obtain skills to become self-sufficient, preventing and reducing incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
Click here for a list of social services offered by your county.

WorkFirst NJ (WFNJ)
WFNJ provides temporary cash assistance and many other support services to families through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and General Assistance (GA) program.
Learn more here. Learn more about TANF here. Learn more about GA here.

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The Department of Human Services Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services provides a list of medicaid and private medical resources and advice to offer people depending on the benefits they need.
Click here
Click here for a list of FamilyCare Medical Assistance Customer Centers.
Click here for a list of dental services listed by health plan.
Click here for a list of private healthcare-based social services.

NJ FamilyCare
NJ FamilyCare is a health insurance program created to help provide affordable health insurance by covering doctor visits, eyeglasses, hospitalization, lab tests, and more.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund
The Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF) provides eligible families with financial assistance for previously incurred medical expenses for their child that exceed 10% of the first $100,000 of income, plus 15% of any income in excess of $100,000.  For children ages zero to 21, covered expenses include, but are not limited to, special ambulatory care, acute or specialized in- or out-patient hospital care, medical equipment, medically-related home and vehicle modifications such as ramps or wheelchair lifts, home health care, and medical transportation.
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Health Insurance Programs help provide access to health coverage for individuals and small employers, regardless of health status, age, claims history, among other risk factors.

Individual Marketplace
For individuals unable to qualify for Medicaid, Individual Marketplace offers an alternative option of affordable health insurance plans.
Learn more here. Find out if you qualify for coverage here.

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Through New Jersey’s Temporary Disability Law, the DOL protects individuals who need a temporary disability leave or family leave by allowing them two-thirds of their pay from their time on leave.

Temporary Disability Leave Insurance (TDI)
TDI allows individuals suffering an illness, injury, or other disability that prevents them from working and wasn’t caused by their job.
Learn more here. Apply here .

Family Leave Insurance (FLI)
FLI allows parents to take time off before and after childbirth, and is intended for families to bond with a newborn or adopted child, or to care for a sick family member: mothers can utilize TDI up to four weeks after the expected delivery; after birth, mothers can take leave after delivery using TDI; and after leave, both parents can apply for FLI.
Learn more here. Apply here.

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The Department of Transportation, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, works to ensure that no qualified person with a disability is excluded or denied the benefit of access to public transportation.

Access Link Paratransit (NJ TRANSIT)
Access link is NJ TRANSIT’s paratransit service. The program provides origin to destination transportation, within a predetermined service area, for people with disabilities who qualify. Fares, schedules and rules are the same as standard local fixed route Bus and Light Rail services.
Learn more here. Apply here .

NJ TRANSIT Reduced Fare Program
NJ TRANSIT also offers reduced fare for people with disabilities who use the Bus, Rail, or Light Rail to travel.  Reduced Fare is not available for customers who use Access Link.

Learn more by contacting:
One Penn Plaza East, 5th Floor, Newark, New Jersey 07105
Phone: (973) 491-7112
Fax: (973) 609-1753
Email: reducedfare@NJTransit.com

Job Access Reverse Commute Program (JARC)
JARC works to provide transportation services for welfare recipients and low-income persons seeking employment. JARC allows better access to entry-level jobs with hours when public transit services are reduced or nonexistent.
Learn more here. Apply here.

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Food Assistance and Nutrition

TANF benefits and services offer assistance to needy families through a series of purposes: providing at-home care for children in needy families, reducing dependencies of needy parents by helping them obtain skills to become self-sufficient, preventing and reducing incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
Click here for a list of social services offered by your county.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP provides economic assistance and foods to low-income families to provide access to nutritional groceries and foods.
Learn more here. Apply here

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Food Distribution programs provide food and commodities to needy and underprivileged recipients like students, low-income individuals, families, and communities.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP provides over 70 different food items to individuals covered by TANF, SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, low-income, and disaster relief participants. Participants receive food by visiting a nearby local distribution agency, which can be an emergency food pantry, a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, or a needy feeding agency.
Learn more here. Find local pantries here .

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TANF benefits and services offer assistance to needy families through a series of purposes: providing at-home care for children in needy families, reducing dependencies of needy parents by helping them obtain skills to become self-sufficient, preventing and reducing incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
Click here for a list of social services offered by your county.

Healthy Families – TANF Initiative for Parents (TIP)
Through TANF, TIP offers parenting guidance through either personal home visitation or community-based support sessions.
Learn more here. Learn more about TANF here .

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CACFP is a daycare-based program that promotes the development of basic nutritional concepts and provides well-balanced meals to encourage good eating habits.
Find participating CACFP locations here .

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Family Support Services & Housing Assistance

The Directory is intended to be a comprehensive resource identifying programs and services to individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and advocates. The publication provides access to up-to-date information that individuals with disabilities, along with their families, can use to help them thrive in their physical, professional and recreational lives
Learn more here.

Child Abuse Hotline
All reports of child abuse and neglect, including those occurring in institutional settings such as child care centers, schools, foster homes and residential treatment centers, must be reported to the State Central Registry (SCR). This is a toll-free, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week hotline. Contact 1-877-NJABUSE
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Child Support Hotline
Regardless of their living situation or relationship, both parents should provide the financial, medical and emotional support a child needs to grow into a responsible adult. New Jersey's Child Support Program can help. Contact 1-877-NJ KIDS1 (1-877-655-4371)
Learn more . Find local offices here.

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The Department of Children and Families supports programs and services for adolescents and young adults via housing, life skills, mentoring, employment/training, educational support, youth advocacy, and healthcare.

NJ Youth Resource Spot (NJYRS)
NJYRS is a website that provides a network of services that support young people by connecting them to peers, organizations, and programs that benefit them.
Learn more here. Find local resources here.

Youth at Risk of Homelessness (YARH) — Connecting YOUth in New Jersey
The Connecting YOUth Project is a two-phase effort that seeks to end homelessness by helping at-risk youth successfully transition into adulthood. The first step is to research the needs of communities and current services that target youth homelessness, and the second step is to create a plan to develop and deploy these services specific to the identified needs of the youth in different communities.

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Energy Assistance implements programs that provide financial assistance, utility-based aid, and relevant advice on in-home energy systems to low-income residents in New Jersey.

Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP provides financial assistance with energy bills for very low-income individuals and families with medical heating and cooling needs.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Universal Service Fund Program (USF)
USF provides financial assistance with natural gas and electricity bills for low-income individuals and families.
Learn more here. Apply here

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
WAP helps elderly, handicapped, and low-income individuals to weatherize homes, improve the heating system efficiency, and conserve energy.
Learn more here. Apply by contacting your local state weatherization agency, which you can find here.

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Housing Assistance acts to prevent and combat homelessness through helping people regain self-sufficiency.

State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP)
SRAP provides tenant-based and project-based rental assistance grants to extremely low-income residents in New Jersey.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Lead-Safe Home Remediation Program (LSHR)
LSHR helps women and children identify and remediate lead-based paint hazards in their homes to prevent elevated blood lead-levels.
Learn more here. To apply, click here.

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Family Support Services are resources available to all families, regardless of involvement in child welfare.

Family Success Centers
Family Success Centers distribute precautionary crisis resources for families, including information access, life skills training, housing services, parent education, parent-child activities, and advocacy.
Learn more here. Find local centers here.

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TANF benefits and services offer assistance to needy families through a series of purposes: providing at-home care for children in needy families, reducing dependencies of needy parents by helping them obtain skills to become self-sufficient, preventing and reducing incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
Click here for a list of social services offered by your county.

Social Service for the Homeless (SSH)
SSH provides assistance to New Jersey residents who are at risk of homelessness, but are ineligible for Emergency Assistance through our Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or General Assistance Programs or Supplemental Security Income. SSH providers are available in each county and can provide housing stability services to prevent families from homelessness or assist them in securing stable and safe housing.
Learn more here.

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NJEITC is a cash-back tax credit that puts up to $2,379 back into the pockets of working families and individuals, including the self-employed, who earn low to moderate income.
Learn more here.

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There is a Gross Income Tax credit for eligible resident taxpayers who are allowed a federal credit for expenses they incur for the care of one or more qualifying individuals. A qualifying individual can be a child under age 13 or a spouse or dependent who lived with the taxpayer for more than half the year and is physically or mentally incapable of self-care.
Learn more here.

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There is a Gross Income Tax credit for eligible resident taxpayers who are allowed a federal credit for expenses they incur for the care of one or more qualifying individuals. A qualifying individual can be a child under age 13 or a spouse or dependent who lived with the taxpayer for more than half the year and is physically or mentally incapable of self-care.
Learn more here.

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Education and Career Support

Through the Department of Health, Teen Health Projects promote healthy youth development and reduce risky behaviors in teenagers (ages 10-19) by connecting students to services and resources using both School Health NJ and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention.
Learn more about School Health NJ here . Learn more about Teen Pregnancy Prevention here .

Project TEACH
Project TEACH provides a 12-month educational support program for pregnant or new teen parents at risk of school failure by offering lessons in financial literacy, technology, conflict resolution, parenting and co-parenting, and more.
Learn more here. Find participating schools here.

Personal Responsibility Education (PREP)
PREP, implemented through the national Family & Youth Services Bureau, uses a personal responsibility education curriculum to adequately prepare troubled teenagers  for adult preparation education in both academic and career success, parent-child communication, and financial literacy.

New Jersey Teen Prevention Education Program (NJTPEP)
NJTPEP is a high school specific curriculum for statewide sexual health and peer education to teach junior and senior students, who then become peer educators that can educate others under the supervision of their faculty advisors.
Learn more here.

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Parent Link is a statewide initiative to promote communication, by providing IT for interagency service collaborations and policy development, between expectant parents and families with young children and the public and private sectors seeking to help these families.
Learn more here.

Parent Linking Program (PLP)
PLP provides services that help young parents endure the socioeconomic and psychological challenges of teenage pregnancy by offering counseling, support, and care necessary for them to complete a high school education and strengthen their parenting skills.
Learn more here.

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The division of early childhood education involves a series of lists and initiatives that work to improve outcomes, narrow achievement gaps, and convey long-term benefits for children in school and life.

Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a federal program that serves expectant mothers and infants under the age of 3 with at-home or care center intensive comprehensive child development and family support services.
Learn more here. Find local head start programs here.

Grow NJ Kids
Grow NJ Kids allows parents to find quality childcare and early learning programs to foster educational growth prior to kindergarten.
Learn more here. Click here for a printable checklist to find the right program for you. Find local programs here .

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Apr
02

First Lady, Health Commissioner Host Health Equity Forums As Part of National Minority Health Month

First Lady Tammy Murphy and Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal will join state and local partners in Atlantic City on April 4 for a Health Equity forum as part of National Minority Health Month. April is National Minority Health Month and this year’s theme is “Active & Healthy.” As part of the month-long observance, at the Department of Health’s Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) will hold the first of two forums at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

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Mar
04

Nurture NJ Increases Services to Address Black Infant Mortality: 6 Month Accomplishments of the Healthy Women Healthy Families Program

Nurture NJ, First Lady Tammy Murphy’s statewide effort to improve maternal and infant health, is making strides to reach communities of color with services that address black infant mortality. As part of this effort, the New Jersey Department of Health has increased outreach, support and services to women of color to improve health and birth outcomes

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Feb
02

Murphy Administration: Increased Child Care Rates Now in Effect & First Child Care Improvement Grants Awarded

First Lady Murphy and Commissioner Johnson Announce Investments to Help Working Families

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Jan
31

Governor Murphy Announces Thousands of New Jersey Women Benefitting from Restoration of $7.5 Million for Women’s Health Care and Family Planning Services

Funding has Allowed Clinics to Offer Increased HIV-Prevention (PrEP) Counseling

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Jan
23

First Lady Tammy Murphy Announces Nurture NJ Campaign, Reinforces New Jersey’s Commitment to Maternal and Infant Health

In observance of Maternal Health Awareness Day, First Lady Tammy Murphy today launched Nurture NJ, a statewide awareness campaign committed to reducing infant and maternal mortality and morbidity and ensuring equitable maternal and infant care among women and children of all races and ethnicities. The First Lady’s announcement was made at Cooper University Health Care in Camden alongside cabinet members of the Murphy Administration and members of the Legislature, who reaffirmed New Jersey’s commitment to promoting maternal and infant health.

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First Lady Tammy Murphy launches Nurture NJ

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Family Festival - Camden NJ

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